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SFF LIBERAL LADIES MAKE THE PRESS
Posted:Nov 18, 2017 7:25 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 7:26 pm
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I knew it was just a matter of time before someone from the media tracked down and interviewed one of the moral arbiters of US politics. Congrats ladies, you are, as always, looking sharp and making perfect sense.
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STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW
Posted:Nov 15, 2017 7:36 am
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 6:58 pm
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I wonder if it ever occurred to the late night comedians, sports reporters , or award show hosts and those they give the awards to, that people are not watching to hear their political opinion.
I wonder if anyone has said to themselves , " I need to learn about healthcare policy. Let me turn on Jimmy Kimmel . "
Dennis Miller had it right when he said he does not get his political analysis from musicians, anymore than he gets his music from politicians.

Did anyone turn on ESPN , not to see sports scores and analysis, but to get the latest Colin Kaepernick news? Not to see who won the game, but to see who was kneeling?
But ESPN recently justified its obsession with politics. Their reason? Trump criticized the NFL for kneeling during the anthem.

"When Donald Trump won the election and Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in protest during the national anthem, it became impossible. When President Trump started dividing Americans in increasingly hideous ways, it became truly impossible. And when Trump declared war on the NFL recently, it became inconceivable. ESPN couldn’t ignore race and politics because NOBODY could ignore race and politics. Especially when the president was blowing his own version of a dog whistle. "

Except that is a lie. He first sat his butt down BEFORE Trump was President, back when Hillary was a shoo-in.

Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 2017 — Kaepernick goes unnoticed while sitting during the anthem
Kaepernick made headlines when he sat during the 49ers third preseason game, but he also sat during the first two games, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Kaepernick wasn’t in uniform and didn’t play during the first two games.
Kaepernick told the media after the game he sat because of the oppression of people of color and ongoing issues with police brutality.
He never once mentioned Trump.

This is the level of dishonesty in those who are not in the business of political punditry, suddenly considering themselves the mouthpiece for some cause.
Suddenly Jimmy Kimmel is a health care policy expert. Meryl Streep is an election analyst. Bruce Springsteen is the spokesman for The Resistance.
They are being paid to deliver a service- jokes, football, or music. When anyone of them spends time with their political tirades, they are taking time from what they are being PAID to do.
Perhaps celebrities forget, whether it be in sports, TV or Hollywood, are more or less employees. Their bosses are the Public who pay to see the games, watch the show, or see the movie.
You do not thumb your nose at half your potential customers because you disagree with them politically. The NFL is reaping the results of their protests by people not coming to games, and turning on college ball instead of them.

When you break it down , this sudden desire to weigh in on all things Trump by the people I mentioned, isn't a lot different than the McDonald's cashier not handing over your Big Mac until you listen to their opinion on gay marriage, tax reform or Sudanese immigration policy.

I wonder how quickly they all would condemn Congress for not passing legislation, but deciding to give sports scores on the Senate floor.
And I sure don't want Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to break into a rendition of " Another One Bites the Dust ", to tell us they are voting against a Republican bill.
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PUTIN AND OBAMA
Posted:Nov 12, 2017 6:07 pm
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2017 2:46 pm
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Since the media and Left and some of the dishonest in here are criticizing every step Trump takes on foreign soil, how about a little trip down memory lane?
Bonus footage courtesy of The Federalist
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BEWARE THE WATERMELON
Posted:Nov 10, 2017 6:22 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 10:23 pm
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I thought this article was worth sharing. I smell a little anti-Walmart in the judge:

"An Alabama jury on Wednesday awarded $7.5 million to a man who sued Walmart after he said he broke his hip buying watermelons at a store. 
Henry Walker, who was 59 at the time, claimed that on June 25, 2015, his foot became trapped in a pallet beneath a stack of watermelons while reaching for one.
Walmart has maintained that the display was not dangerous, and that any negligence was Walker's fault.
"We are disappointed in the verdict," a  Walmart spokesman said. "We appreciate the jury's service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts in this case. We plan to appeal."
Walmart continues to uses the same displays for watermelon despite the incident. "

So, my question is If the display is inherently dangerous, where are the millions of other , who have been injured by it? I am sure we all, who shop at Walmart, or any other chain store, notice the watermelons are usually in a large bin, supported by a pallet . I see that in the other stores around here.
Pallets are open on the ends, so you can get a pallet jack under it to move it. Why was this so hard for the customer to see?
Not only that, there are lots of trip and fall hazards everywhere- in stores, parking lots, church, and just in life in general.
People are expected to exercise reasonable care while shopping, and a business cannot protect careless people from doing something stupid, or not paying attention. If there is a sign on a ladder, telling you it is for employee use only, it is not the store's job to keep your kids from playing on it when no staff is around. Nor should you be climbing the shelves, jumping on display beds and falling off, or , as I encountered once, riding a bike thru the store.

But this guy sees Walmart as an entity with deep pockets. What this guy doesn't realize, is this money , partly, is going to come out the pockets of the employees in the store. They may not get a bonus for years. The store carries insurance, but bonuses are calculated based on a metric that includes safety. If this is treated like other store accidents, the bonus money is put toward the settlement, and not distribute to the employees.
I hope the guy is proud of himself that he has taken food out of the mouths of the children of the single mother cashier, or the college fund contribution of the produce manager,
Should they have paid his medical bills? Most likely so. But millions? What does this guy do for a living that his broken hip is worth so much? Would he have made that much money in the rest of his working career ? What is the money for? Pain and suffering? Everyone of us would gladly suffer some for 7.5 mil.

If this were 10 years ago, I would say it was part of the hate-Walmart Left . But Walmart is run by liberals now. They supported Obamacare, and Alice Walton gave to the Hillary campaign.
No, this is one greedy guy, who is taking advantage, I hope he loses on appeal.
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DIVERSITY EQUALS RACISM EQUALS SAMENESS
Posted:Nov 9, 2017 7:46 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 6:42 am
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There are a couple of kinds of racism. That which seeks to exclude someone specifically because of their immutable characteristics, and that which will only include someone because their immutable characteristics.

Yet those who worship at the Altar of " Diversity " do not see themselves as discriminatory. Yet, they do not do anything different than those who seek exclude.
Is Black Lives Matter booing Martin O'Malley for saying all lives matter, or kicking white people out of their parade last year, any different than the KKK wanting white people only ?
Heresy , you cry !!! Of course, it is different. Well, then tell how not wanting someone around because of their race is not the same, no matter who does it? When the group, which in the past, has been discriminated against, behaves the same way as their former oppressors, why is that not equally wrong?
But this has been the history of the US. The latest group to find power, turns on the next group coming in.

One of the worst race riots in the US took place in Chicago in 1919. After the Civil War, Blacks left the devastated, ruined and burnt South, for the North and the newly constructed factory jobs. They faced worse discrimination at the hands of the former abolitionists, and those oh-so-noble liberators of the Black Man , than they did in the South. But those same Irish Catholics in power in Chicago, passing segregation laws, faced " No Irish need apply " signs when they were the new guy.

We forget all this . We forget that each " tribe " , if you will, has united against the next tribe and then they in turn, provide the same favor to the next group. West Side Story put music to that message.

So why the history lesson? And why is it relevant now? Because it is happening all over, but with a new twist. Instead of race, language , gender, or national origin, being the separating line, it is the criteria used to include, recruit, and indoctrinate, the next generation into the Progressive causes.
Why is being included only because of your face color, any less insulting than being excluded because of it? And if they can confer victim status on you, the more happy and devoted a recruit you become.
Then , you can be presented with your very own cloak of self righteousness and call everyone else a racist who opposes your causes.
You don't have to look far for examples- the 2016 election ( deplorables ) , the fake Italian mayor of NYC ( police are racist ) , the Virginia Governor race, the media ( pick something ) , the airport protests after the temporary travel ban on 6 countries ( it was anti-Muslim ) , The list goes on.
The problem with this sort of exclusion is there is always a kernel of truth hidden somewhere, which makes it hard to call it for what it is- race baiting, and creating tribalism, instead of unity.
Apparently, the media and the Democrats didn't think it divisive when Obama talked about " clinging to guns and religion" , or sending White House officials to Michael Brown's funeral, but not Margaret Thatcher, or returning the Churchill bust. Or Michelle Obama saying this was the first time she was proud of her country. Or that we are more racially divided now than we were in 2007.

The same didn't like Trump's message to Make America Great Again. They didn't like the bring us together as One America message, because it screws up their plans to divide and conquer. No- they had to try to convince everyone that was a racist statement. Tribalism again- writ large.
And this is why the Progressives have to PRETEND to be inclusive. They are like the college brochure that has to have a Black male, black female, white girl, and someone who looks a little exotic on the cover. Maybe a white guy thrown in.
This then gives the moral authority, in their minds, call everyone else racist.

I expect more of the same tribalism and divisiveness as 2018 approaches. It will be all the boilerplate crap from the Democrats. If you want to secure the border, investigate radical mosques, not repeal the 2nd Amendment, get rid of Obamacare, etc, etc- it will all boil down to the same thing- You are a racist.
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AND THEN THE UNICORNS....
Posted:Nov 8, 2017 6:26 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 5:27 am
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Magical thinking about magical places is still filling the air after the Sutherland Springs shooting.
What sort of Magical thinking ? The Government is competent, and they will protect you. Because if there is a law on the books, that, in and of itself, means it is being enforced, competently, and always, 100% of the time , works just like it was intended.

Back in Reality Land, there is no such thing. There is a law on the books that would have prevented the Texas monster from killing those people. People with a criminal record cant buy a gun. Who dropped the ball ? The Government.
This is no one-off. Ted Cruz noted that in 2010 alone, “48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns. The government prosecuted only 44 of them.”

As for the shooter, the Air Force failed to submit his records into the federal background-check database, allowing him to purchase the guns used in this weekend’s rampage. He bought them over the course of 4 years, and that certainly would not raise any suspicions of the average gun dealer.

More Magical Thinking is criminals buy guns at gun shows or on the internet without a background check. No, there are laws about that. also. But with a handy-dandy 3-D printer, you can make a gun, or a bump stock, or a high capacity magazine. Should there be a law against 3-D printers? Surely that wouldn't create a black market for them, Nah, not in Fantasy land.

But the Government would blow enforcement of that also.
The Left, especially the anti-gun darlings, have a childlike faith in all things Government. The government is often embarrassingly incompetent, wildly untrustworthy, and unable to handle even its simplest jobs, like entering this evil, disturbed man's information into a data base to keep him from doing what he did last Sunday.

Then it is always about the weapons.
"AR-15s are, as Matthew Walther put it at The Week, the nonsensical toys of “an adolescent cult” with “childish and callous” owners. Tell that to Stephen Willeford, the hero former NRA instructor and AR-15 owner who shot the Texas killer, chased him down in a truck, and ultimately stopped the killing spree. Or tell that to me, the owner of an AR-style rifle, which, along with being the best-selling rifle in America, also happens to be a favorite among women as a lightweight option for self-defense. " says Heather Wilhelm of NRO.

The cries for more gun laws are not coming from people who actually have a solution to the mental health debate. ( Can't commit someone against their will, that's a law. Can't arrest someone for threats- have to wait till they do something- that's a law ) Elizabeth Warren, and all the clueless Hollywood Tweeters want to act like they are doing SOMETHING, anything. It doesn't matter what.
They don't care the laws are already there that , if followed, would have maybe , kept guns out of this guy's hands. But if he really wanted the guns, laws, don't matter anyway.
These are the folks who will not admit their faith in Government is misplaced. So instead of fixing Government, holding people accountable, they just add more Government. More incompetence will fix the current incompetence.
Failures like this one didn't result in calls from people like Elizabeth Warren to hold Government to task to do their job, or employee reviews, or weed out those who do not do their job. No- they called for adding more unaccountable people to a bloated , incompetent Government. Slap a new law on the books, that'll take care of it. Another band aid will heal the festering wound.

And that completes our tour of Magical Land for the day. Remember what you learned:
Government fixes everything
Criminals obey laws
And inanimate objects are the real problem.
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DON'T START NONE...
Posted:Nov 5, 2017 5:34 am
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2017 2:48 pm
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And there won't be none, as the famous Southern expression goes.

I am sure I am not the only one who notices it considered ok and even justified for the Left to insult the personal appearance of Conservative women in power or in the public eye. Would anyone on the Right call Rachel Maddow " a butch queen ". She is not exactly a feminine sort, and my gay-dar goes off every time I see her, but no one on the right has said anything remotely about her in that vein. Ok to talk that way about Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The latest insult to the White House Press Secretary is from Los Angeles Times political columnist David Horsey body-shamed White House press secretary ,Sarah Huckabee Sanders ,in his latest anti-Trump hit piece, describing her as a ‘chunky soccer mom :
" Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games "
His insult was about Trump, of course. Trump like beautiful women in his personal life. Something no man on the planet ever, has wanted, apparently. Horsey said ‘sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels’ who could pass for ‘arm candy’ is what Trump likes, so why would he not want a person who looks like that for a press secretary ?
Horsey never stops to consider , of course, that who Trump hires for a JOB , is based on qualifications , rather than how hot a chick they are. It would never occur to them Trump would want someone qualified to handle the press .
Yes, this is how shallow the Trump hating media is. They don't know the difference .

It is also just fine to call Conservatives every name in the book just for being Conservative. Voted for Trump , or maybe just AGAINST Hillary ( like about half of the Trump voters did ) ? Well, if you wanted to know what kind of slime ball, lowlife you are- just read the clueless Leaf Twink. It has not , once, ever entered his head, or anyone of the writers of the idiotic pieces he cuts and paste, that people voted because of the ISSUES. No, of course not. Didn't like a sorry candidate like Hillary?
It could not be you didn't like her message, it was because there was something morally wrong with you.

Think about that for a second. What the Democrats, the Trump hating media, bloggers in here, are all saying- in one voice- is that 62 million plus of Americans who voted for Trump, for whatever reason, are indecent, immoral, hateful, stupid ( easily duped I think was the latest comment from Roxy ) racist, and every other " ist " they can come with.
They have no gotten over the fact, a year later, that the " inevitable " Hillary lost, to a candidate like they have never seen before. Remember the guffaws and scoffing from an MSNBC panel in 2016,when Anne Coulter said Trump would get the nomination? They were laughing hysterically about just the nomination- then he WINS?????
Oh- and they are so scared, apparently. Why?
Will someone please tell me what rights have been taken away from ANYONE in the US since January? What has Trump done that should make anyone " afraid " ? Intimidated by a good economy? Don't like your President not bowing to leaders of countries that oppress women and murder gays? Think it's a good idea to let the world's despots walk all over the rest of the world, build nuclear weapons , and send them pallets of money to finance it ?

Did any Conservative pundits write piece after piece calling Obama voters morally reprehensible?

But this is where we are. The standard answer from the Left on these pages and in the greater media ( which is where they get their opinions, I guess ) is to answer any policy debate with an insult. Think we should end lottery immigration? You are a racist.
Want to keep the statues of Columbus, Lee, and other monuments to our history ? Ditto racist.
Think Hillary was a horrible candidate with zero ideas except warmed over Obama policies? Sexist.
Pro-life? Or at least don't think last trimester abortion is right ? Misogynist .

Want to , like Bill Clinton, and Democrats of the past, make welfare temporary and a path to work? You hate poor people- and throw in racist as well.

So how about it, all you " We hate Trump, but we can't come up with a real reason " people ? You don't like his personality- we alllll get it. I guess Hillary's charm, warmth and connection with the people still has you feeling all fuzzy and nostalgic.

How about you knocking off the insults just long enough to discuss the issues? How about not body shaming Sanders because she is tough on you? How about leaving Trump's 11 year old out of your diatribes ?

And how about you stop insulting the voters ?
Good luck winning elections if your strategy is to pretend that substantial majorities of voters are bigots if they disagree with your latest social justice project.
The same voters will be around in 2018 and 2020. Those voters might have forgotten how Hillary felt about them, but they will remember what you said last week.
But keep it up. It's good for the GOP. Maybe you can usher in a filibuster proof majority, in 2018,and two terms for Trump.

Two terms for Trump. Two terms for Trump. Scared yet ?
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WHITEY NEED NOT APPLY
Posted:Nov 2, 2017 5:40 am
Last Updated:Nov 8, 2017 4:51 pm
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Well, well, looks like the hiring policies of the party of " tolerance " and " fairness " do not include white men.

The DNC, the party of " inclusion " recently sent an email to its employees looking to recruit people for eight open spots including IT Systems Administrator, Product Manager and Chief Security Officer.

The Oct. 30 email says that the DNC is looking for a “staff of diverse voices and life experiences,” it apparently doesn’t mean white men.
DNC’s Data Service Manager Madeleine Leader wrote in an email that the desire for diversity excludes “cisgender straight white males.”
Leader adds, “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in the majority.”

Damn, there they are again- those pesky white men and they want a promotion. How dare they??
The Daily Wire, which first reported the incident, posted a screenshot of the email sent to DNC insiders.

Of course, as soon as the email became public, the DNC came out with some standard answer about " All hiring decisions at the DNC are made consistent with the DNC’s commitment to equal employment opportunity .... blah blah blah "

But then, in the last part of their denial, they more or less admitted what they are accused of " because our diversity is our greatest strength.”

When the face colors of your employees are more important than their qualifications, in the Real World, you know you have incompetent HR managers. But isn't that what " diversity " actually means to the Democrats? Get out the box of 64 Crayons and match all the colors darker than beige to the applicants. Raw Sienna and Sepia win every time. And if you can find a shade that is qualified- Bonus. Remember Joe Biden liked Obama because he was " clean ". I was waiting for the word Negro to come out in his comments.

I don't think one could find a more insulting way of hiring. They are telling the applicant, you didn't necessarily get the job because we think you are qualified, but we have a color quota to fill. In other words- your skin color got you the job.

Peddling diversity for its own sake is racist, and it does nothing to make one's company or community better. Of course, it is obvious they don't want REAL diversity, that of thought- just a bunch of drones who think alike. The DNC wouldn't hire Republicans, and I understand that. But college campuses , some companies, or other organizations don't really want diversity either.
At colleges, they shout down, and shut down college Republicans in the name of " diversity". Christian Conservatives not welcome, but come in to a job interview wearing a hijab- bingo, the job is yours.
Maybe they all should learn how to say " Hypocrite "

Hillary worshipped at the Church of Diversity, and she lost. Cuomo told Conservatives and believers in the 2nd Amendment they were not welcome in New York State. Academia in California is now excluding Asians , because they are overrepresented. I guess nuclear family, with two parents who emphasize education and learning , has its downside in Liberal Land.

So what ? you say. They can hire who they want and it would be up to the rejected white male to prove discrimination.
It becomes a So What , when it gets people killed. The Diversity Lottery, a 1990 brain child of Chuck Schumer is how the NYC truck killer got here.
Trump campaigned to get rid of it, and chain migration, in favor of a merit based system, like just about every other country has. For that, he was called a racist.

So my question for all the diversity worshipers is, why not be like the DNC and immigration ? Head to any minority neighborhood- just pick one. The more people who don't speak English , the better.
Pass out lottery tickets . Have a drawing- The winners are your next employees or students. You could make the really tall one the CEO, or let him or her teach English literature. Charge big bucks for your college or your product and tout all the faces colors in your next brochure or sales pitch.
" Buy this car- we have dark skinned people from Somalia building them ".
I am being sarcastic, of course.
But this is what the DNC is telling us - Our practices do not reflect the crap we peddle in public.
And when you judge a person by the color of their skin, isn't that the definition of racism ?
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THE INVESTIGATION
Posted:Oct 31, 2017 6:57 am
Last Updated:Oct 31, 2017 6:36 pm
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There are a lot of moving parts on the Mueller probe. At first, I thought it was just a witch hunt, revenge from Comey and friends ,for Trump peeking under their sleazy Hillary cover-up skirts. Comey did just enough wrong to make cries for an independent council loud enough. He then got Mueller appointed, and then Mueller hired a bunch of Hillary donor lawyers. What could possibly go wrong there? Why would anyone think this was just a teeny prejudiced ?

I was all for shutting it down fast. But now I am not so sure. There is a swamp to drain, no doubt about that. The next target is The Podesta Group, which apparently has been swamp dwelling for decades.
According to Mueller's indictment against Paul Manafort, he hired Tony Podesta to lobby on behalf of Russian interests in the Ukraine, but Podesta never registered as a foreign agent until years after the activity. They both stuffed millions in off shore accounts.

This is all laid out in the indictments. It's important to point out that everything in the 12-count indictment covers the period from 2006 to 2015, or before Manafort had any involvement in the Trump campaign.
The charges involve money-laundering, tax evasion, illegal lobbying and lying.

Does the indictment tell the truth, or is it just another prosecutor indicting a ham sandwich, as the saying goes ?
I wasn't sure until the lawyer for Tony Podesta tried to silence the media over reporting on it.
Tucker Carlson received a letter from Geoff Garinther, a lawyer with Venable LLP, a major Washington, D.C., law firm.
The letter demands that this show 'immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta Group,'" Carlson said. "It demands we retract and delete all our prior reporting on the Podesta Group and warns that if we don't do this 'Mr. Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages, in order to fully protect his rights.'"
He said Garinther's letter also claims that Manafort did not work with the Podesta Group in its representation of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
"Apparently that lawyer hasn't read the Manafort indictment yet," Carlson said.

When you want to sweep it under the rug- there is something there.

So, the best I can figure is the following:

Manafort is an opportunist, with deep DC connections. He is a power broker, in that he , for the right price, will get you in touch with the seats of power. For years , it was the Clintons, and then people in the Obama administration . If you wanted to get something done , and if you were a foreign power, it is no secret the Clintons have a price, if you are willing to pay. Slip Slick Willy a half a mill, let him give a speech as cover, and wife will take care of you from the Secretary of State's office.

Enter Trump " The Deal Maker " , and a novice to the workings of DC. Manafort thought he could make a few million bucks from that campaign , and/or the Trump Presidency. He was at the famous Trump Jr Russia meeting, according to reports. He was just getting started weaseling his way in there. But he got shut down fast, and I will bet , while money was passed to him from the Ukrainians, it didn't get passed along to the campaign.
A good business person can spot a bribe when they see one, and know to turn it down, but a good politician , expects the bribe, counts on it . I think they call the bribes " campaign donations "

Manafort was playing both sides- wedging himself , toward the end, into the Trump campaign, while working with the brother of the chairman of the Hillary campaign.
Surely , some money was to be made from someone, somehow. He didn't care who won, as long as he made money.

I will predict, the closer this gets to the Clinton campaign, the more letters like Carlson got, will go out to outlets that accurately report. The rest of the media will be tying itself into knots, to connect everything to Trump, and absolve anyone else , however tangentially, connected to the Clintons. MSNBC and CNN probably had a tail gate party when indictments were announced, thinking it was going to be against Trump.

I will add this- what one chooses to believe depends on whether you still adore Clinton and think Trump is Evil Incarnate, or whether you voted for Trump to drain the swamp.
Either way, it shows there IS a swamp, and for years, the crocs ate anyone who annoyed them. The final score could be Crocs 10, People 0 , but I hope not.
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LOVE THE GOVERNMENT
Posted:Oct 27, 2017 4:33 am
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2017 4:42 am
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I have noticed if there is one thing Democrats and their base just love- it's Government- the more of it , the better. Big, bloated, wasteful, imposing and intrusive government makes them all warm and fuzzy.
And who likes it just as much? The media.
Time's new cover, which will not post below, show orange wrecking balls , wearing some very familiar hair and the headline " The Wrecking Crew" and the sub headline- Trump is dismantling government as we know it.
Howie Kurtz has a good question about that headline: But is government as we know it such a good thing?

Democrats think it is. If it moves- tax it or regulate it until it stops moving. If it doesn't move, tax it or regulate it until it starts moving.
In other words- force is always the best solution.

"Quietly, the Administration has taken thousands of actions, affecting everyone from the poorest day laborer to the richest investment banker." says Time
But it’s not so quiet, as the piece acknowledges. Trump touts his slashing of regulations all the time. And Communications Director Hope Hicks is quoted as saying: "No president or administration has deregulated or withdrawn as many anticipated regulatory actions as this one in this short amount of time."

Republicans applaud. Democrats weep . " If Barack Obama comes in and reverses the Bush policies and beefs up enforcement, that’s seen as a good thing. If Trump comes in and reverses the Obama policies and scales back enforcement, that’s seen as a troubling thing. " Kurtz continues.

So what's the correct balance? Looks like it all depends on whose ox is gored. We can all agree that the Government should keep us safe, and for us to have clean air, water and safe food. But how?
Do we let the free market, where each company, in the name of survival and growth carry the lion's share of the burden by self regulating ? Or do we impose from on high , regulations onto business that the regulators may or may not know anything about ?
Personally, I don't want some law school graduate who has never had what I call a " real job " telling a retail store how to schedule their employees. But the Labor Dept tried to do so under Obama. They tried to change the way salary hours are calculated, and force stores to pay over time to salary managers who worked more than 40 hours . Way to eliminate jobs, people. Congrats. One hour's overtime pay for a store manager can eliminate 2 or 3 entry level hourly, part time staff.

Obamacare forced companies to limit staff hours to less than 30. The regulators THOUGHT it would force companies to pay health insurance, but they never even , for one second, thought companies would just get rid of the 30 hour requirement. Idiots. What is even more silly, is my hours have to be under 30, and I get Medicare. They didn't even think to include and exemption for older people.

Another example is the cry that Trump is not filling jobs. OH NO !!!! All these positions are empty. Guess what- that is what he promised to do- Cut Government. He started with the White House. Annually, it will spend about a million dollars less annually with a leaner staff. Is it a bad thing Melania has 4 people working for her instead of the 19 Michelle Obama had?

But Democrats LOVE this lots of staff and lots regulations. More is better, not judiciously thought out regulations that will benefit everyone. Personally, I think the petty bureaucrats inside these agencies get drunk with the tiny bit of power they have.

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